How well do you feel like you measure up? Who do you feel like you need to measure up to? What measure are you using?
At various points in our lives, we all have the feeling that we do not quite measure up to something or someone’s expectations. The truth is that we do not measure up if we use any measure other than God’s grace.Without Jesus Christ as Lord and Master of our lives, we do not even begin to measure up to God’s standards. People in general have standards of their own for us. No one can measure up one hundred percent of the time to the standards others set for us. What about our own standards? Do we really measure up to our own standards? I think that even there, we sometimes miss the mark.
We need to find out what God wants from us and strive to do His bidding. God’s grace covers the gap between our level and God’s standard. But we need a desire to please God in all areas of our lives. If we seek Him, we will find Him because He wants to be found. He is the initiator of our relationship with Him. He desires intimacy with us. That intimacy is the thing that will help us to grow in relationship with God. That is something that we can seek and develop, but He is the one who guides and grows us up. The closer we are to God, the deeper our relationship will grow. Then what follows is maturity. Just like a child who wants his height to be marked on the door because of his desire to grow, we will also want God to show us the mark on the spiritual doors of our heart so that we can see how much we have grown and matured in Him. He is our heavenly Father. As we grow in love of Him, we will want to measure ourselves to Him. It is so encouraging to see the marks as we grow. They are proof of our spiritual growth.
One key that we need to keep in mind…use God’s grace as your measuring stick for yourself and for your perception of others. The scripture says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ Eph. 4:7.” and “…with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again Matt 7:2.” The grace measure covers us in our failings. But, the measure we use against other people is the measuring stick by which we will ultimately be measured. Therefore, we must guard against using the wrong measuring stick when we evaluate other people. Our own standards seldom use grace toward others…and for some of us, toward ourselves. I think that is why the scripture tells us in 2Peter 3:18 to “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” Doing this will help us to learn how to extend grace to others around us. Eph. 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” If God is gracious enough to extend grace to us, then we are also required to extend grace to others if we want to benefit from the grace extended to us. God is our measuring stick…He just added the grace feature to that stick.
Don’t worry about measuring up to others’ standards. Be concerned about your growth in relationship with Christ. If you take your eyes off of Christ, you are changing the measuring stick. The only thing that really matters in the end is what God thinks of us and how we live that out in Him.
God bless you all!